1. What was the name and purpose of your Gold Award project?
My Gold Award Project was called Second Chance Pantry. The purpose was to educate my community about food waste. I also was able to collect and distribute food to those who need it in my community. The pantry would be open on the Second and Fourth Sunday of the month.
2. What sustainable impact did your Gold Award project have on the community?
My project is sustainable and is still going on today! When I started college at St. John’s University in the Fall of 2017, a group of volunteer teenagers from my high school continued the pantry to provide the service to our community.
3. What insights/takeaway did you gain from your project?
One of the ways that I was able to reach out to my community was to talk to people at my local library and give a presentation about food waste and food dating. Companies label canned goods with dates that are confusing to consumers. I was able to talk to people about best by, sell by, and use by dates. I created a flyer to show them what these dates mean. There was an abundance of food waste in our country and I think my project was able to bring awareness to the issue and also to distribute food to people who need it.
4. Anything else you'd like to share?
Food is a basic human need and so many people go hungry. It was so nice to see people that would come often and how they really appreciated the pantry. Even in a snow storm we had people come! I really loved seeing people at the pantry.